Dangerous wind chills across Chicago-area

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CHICAGO -- The coldest temperatures of the winter have descended on Chicago, creating potentially dangerous conditions.

There is a Wind Chill Advisory tonight and Wednesday across northern Illinois into northwest Indiana. Dangerous wind chills in the -15 to -30-degree range are expected across the Chicago area tonight and Wednesday forenoon due to the combined effect of northwest winds and very cold temperatures dropping to -5 to -10-degrees

People braving the weather on the Mag Mile and along the lakefront are layered up.  And faces are covered to protect against sub-zero wind chills.

The city of Chicago Department of Family and Support services has opened its warming centers for those who need a place to get out of the deep freeze.  There are six warming centers across the city.  The 3-1-1 information line can direct callers to the nearest one.

WGN’s Dana Rebik encountered a few dedicated runners putting in some miles.  They say once you get going it’s not as bad as one might think, though they sported icy eye brows and lashes.  And Joe and Megan Jacobson, visiting from Florida and walking near Michigan Avenue and the river called our weather a shock to the system.

The coldest temperatures and wind chills will be west and north of Chicago/Interstate 80. These conditions will cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30-minutes, so dress accordingly.

A wind chill advisory remains in effect for Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties in Wisconsin until noon Wednesday.

For the latest weather updates, go to wgntv.com/weather.

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